Daring Fireball Linked List: William Safire Dies at 79
Gruber writes: “Without question, one of my favorite and most inspiring writers ever. Safire was the columnist’s columnist.”
If, by that, he means “making shit up to suit your political agenda,” then yes, Safire was the columnist’s columnist. Safire’s “On Language” column was excellent, even suberb, but his political hackery during the Bush administration, particularly with respect to the Valerie Plame incident, is a permanent blemish on his record.
These are the same people who cheered on Dear Leader as he launched an unprovoked war of aggression against a sovereign nation, running up a tab that would make full funding of universal health care look like the coins in your child’s Unicef box, while those of us who opposed the war for economic and moral reasons (and were proved fucking right, I might add) were branded traitors.
These same people then sat with their thumbs up their bums as the Bush administration and the Republican party drove this country into the ditch, dragging the Constitution and the Bill of Rights behind them, like the East Texas crackers who dragged James Byrd behind their pickup truck.
Do I take them seriously? Yes, like I take a cornered, rabid dog seriously. But their words? To quote a famous playwright, ‘it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.’
Do they even have a clue?
Update: Josh Marshall adds additional thoughts on this topic.